How To Use A VPN To Get A Better/Cheaper Flight

How To Use A VPN To Get A Better/Cheaper Flight

If you’re looking to snag a cheap flight, one of the best ways to do it is to use a VPN.

VPNs can help you score cheaper flights by spoofing your location and making it appear as though you’re searching for flights from a different country. Airline pricing isn’t standard across all regions. It’s severely affected by the law of supply and demand.

Typically, turning a VPN on from Europe or Asia might save you $10-$150. Try Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, and other countries. Europe and Asia are home to inexpensive airlines As a result, airline companies have no choice but to reduce their rates in order to attract customers.

Here’s a checklist to try out. See if it saves you some money:

  • Turn on Incognito mode whenever you search for flights. If a website detects you’ve visited multiple times, then they’ll raise the price in anticipation of your booking.
  • Start with checking the price in your home country. You need something to compare the VPN-enabled prices to after all.
  • Connect to a VPN server in another country to search for the same flight
  • Try connecting to VPN servers in other countries to check. You might assume that the lower the income of people in that country, the cheaper the flights. Not really. It’s more about supply and demand.

Click here to learn more about how to use a VPN to get a better flight, or here are some other tips that aren’t strictly related to using a VPN that can help you get a cheaper flight.

Google Explore

A little-known Google feature that lets you see prices on the map. This is especially valuable if your destination or departure airport/city is flexible. Not super applicable during the pandemic, but in normal times, it can be cheaper to take it slow and book two tickets. Flights to Singapore can be several hundred dollars cheaper than flights to Vietnam for instance. So if you book a flight to Singapore and then another flight to Ho Chi Minh City, you can have a day in Singapore that pays for itself. Another great example is from Portugal to Brazil. If you can get cheap flights to Portugal, and you can from almost anywhere, it’s surprisingly cheap to book an additional flight to Brazil. A lot of nationalities need to get a transit visa to fly through the US, so flying through Europe is significantly easier.

Pay With The Airline’s Main Currency

This is usually their home currency, and it can save you a couple of bucks. Just make sure that you check the currency exchange from your bank, as you could be paying more there.

Shop Around

Not all booking sites are created equal. Check a few of them to see which one is giving you the best deal. Airlines change their prices all the time, so checking back regularly could lead to some savings. If you can fly at any time, last-minute deals are a killer way to save a lot of money.

Book in Advance

This is common knowledge, but the further in advance you book, the cheaper the flight is likely to be. But don’t book too far in advance as airlines typically release their cheapest tickets 3 months before departure.

Flexibility is Key

It’s typically cheaper to fly on a Wednesday. Most airline sites have a calendar view where you can see different prices for different days, weeks, months, and years. When trying to get a cheaper flight, you can take one with a longer layover and usually pay less money.

Use An Online Travel Agency

If you book direct, airlines like American Airlines may demand that you pay with a credit card from the nation where the ticket will be issued. An easy way around this is to use an online travel agency like Expedia instead, which can force a ticket to be issued in a country other than the one your credit card is from if you discover a lower price this way.

Check Back Multiple Times

Prices can change depending on the day and time you check them. You might want to check a few times before you book to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Just make sure that you are using incognito mode and a VPN so the airline isn’t tracking you and raising the price because it knows that you are interested and likely to book.

Use Points And Miles

If you have some saved up, consider using them to book your flight. You can often get a free flight this way if you have enough points. Just remember to pay attention to the taxes and fees, as they can add up quickly.

Check Out Alternatives

If you’re looking for a cheaper flight, sometimes it’s best to just look at alternative airports. If you’re flying into New York City, for example, you might be able to find a cheaper flight into Newark instead. It’s worth checking out the options before you book.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Now you know some tips on how to get a cheaper flight. Just remember that the best way to save money is to be flexible with your travel dates and times, and to book in advance. And don’t forget to use a VPN!

Lisa Fuson

Lisa has been covering Netflix since 2014, and has spent up to 10 years covering the comings and goings of the Streaming library. Currently resides in the United Kingdom. Outer Banks, Ozark, Black, and On My Block, and Stranger Things are among my favourite Netflix series.